Movie Review: TEEN WOLF (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

TEEN WOLF was directed by Rod Daniel from a screenplay by Jeph Loeb and Matthew Weisman and stars Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Jerry Levine, Susan Ursitti, Mark Holton, Lorie Griffin, Matt Adler and Jay Tarses.

He always wanted to be special … but he never expected this! Like all teenagers, Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox) is going through some … changes. But unlike the rest of the students at Beacontown High School, Scott’s changes include long hair that covers his entire body, claw-like fingernails, fangs, a heightened sense of smell, superhuman strength and the extraordinary ability to … play basketball? And that’s just the beginning. Naturally, these uncanny new features turn this loveable loser into the most popular kid in school. But by embracing his newly minted popularity, has the Teen Wolf lost sight of what it truly means to be Scott Howard?

Scott Howard starts out as one of the school geeks but he gets a big surpise when he ends up turning into a werewolf. His father tells him that sometimes the family curse skips a generation so he never bothered to mention it to him but then the transformation takes place. Surprise! Scott is freaked out at first but he quickly goes from just a normal teenager to the most popular kid in his school and the star of the basketball team. What happens is, Scott starts enjoying the spotlight and he lets it all go to his head. He starts enjoying the cooler things that he never had the opportunity to experience before and it upsets those closest to him. Before he knows it his close friends have had it with him and his inflated ego and instant popularity. This is where Scott brings it all back down and gets things back to as normal as he can get them and shows his friends that he’s in control – not the werewolf.

There’s just so many entertaining and interesting elements about this fun movie that Rod Daniel directed. He sadly passed away back in 2016 and I wish he could have seen this awesome release from the Scream Factory gang. A cool tidbit that I didn’t know about is that Michael J. Fox was pulling triple duty because he was filming Teen Wolf, Back to the Future and Family Ties at the same time and that’s freaking amazing. It shows a lot about his work ethic and everyone of his co-stars said he was always a pleasure to be around. There’s not a lot of horror to this horror-comedy except for the werewolf part so the movie itself is pretty harmless and family friendly all the way. The few special effects used in the movie do look a little dated now but the makeup effects used to create the werewolf stands the test of time. I really dig the design and look of Scott Howard the werewolf. Teen Wolf is a fine product of the 80’s and it’s evident, from the look of the movie all the way to fun soundtrack.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the fantastic all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Scream Factory did give the movie a new high-def upgrade so it looks pristine but unfortunately the audio track is still in mono (sorry no stereo for this release) and that’s probably the best we’re ever going to get for this movie. Considering that one small issue, the picture and sound quality were crisp and clear.

Bottom line is, Teen Wolf is another fun movie from the 80’s (aka the greatest decade ever) that I hadn’t seen in forever and a day and I had an absolute blast revisiting this 1985 horror-comedy. The movie features sort of this coming-of-age story that’s a lot of fun and all of the characters are interesting. The best two characters in the movie are easily Scott and Stiles but there are some supporting characters who are definitely an important part of the story. Characters like Boof who has this special relationship with Scott and of course his awesome father Harold who has a few hairy suprises of his own. What I love most about Teen Wolf is that it takes the werewolf that is usually featured in straight up horror movies and puts him in a comedy. Usually people are afraid of this terrifying creature but in this case the werewolf becomes the most popular kid in high school and the star of the basketball team. Not bad for a little geek who finds out a little late in life that he has his family curse. Teen Wolf arrives on an impressive Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on August 8th and is definitely worth adding to your Scream Factory collection. I love this movie!

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include a new high-definition film transfer taken from the interpositive, a still gallery, the original theatrical trailer, and a fantastic comprehensive documentary about the making and legacy of the film. The feature-length documentary also delves into the controversial urban legend regarding the final scenes of the film.

  • New 2017 High-Definition Film Transfer taken from the interpositive
  • Never. Say. Die. The Story Of Teen Wolf– A comprehensive documentary about the making and legacy of the film, including brand-new interviews with writers Jeph Loeb and Matthew Weisman; producers Mark Levinson and Scott Rosenfelt; stars Susan Ursitti-Sheinberg, Jerry Levine, Matt Adler, Jim MacKrell and Troy Evans; basketball double Jeff Glosser; casting director Paul Ventura; production designer Chester Kaczenski; special effects make-up artist Jeff Dawn; and editor Lois Freeman-Fox. (2:23:10)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (01:52)
  • Still Gallery (06:14)

 

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  1. Patrick says:

    Teen Wolf was always one of my favorite Michael J. Fox’s roles. Simple story but very acted with a lot of heart and Aroooo!
    I haven’t seen the darker Teen Wolf,guess it was too “Twlight-ish” for my liking but one I’ll check it out…

    4 out of 5 stars is a fair rating…..

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